Category Archives: Our Station(s)

Happy 20th, Flux Factory!

HOMECOMING at Flux Factory–celebration of Flux’s 20th anniversary. Homecoming Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 17, 2014 (yes! SP Weather Station is participating) Opening night: August 1, 6-9pm
Banquet: August 2, 7pm  Tickets Available Here

New Book + Opening Reminder

In conjunction with the exhibition Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) on view from January 17–March 29, we are pleased to announce the publication of Six Years of Weather, which compiles tables of all weather data recorded at the SPWS station base in Long Island City since the project began. 

See you at the Center for Book Arts!
Opening January 17th 6-8 pm.
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

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Opening 1/17/14 at Center for Book Arts, New York

Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008–2013)

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th 6-8 PM
On view: January 17 – March 29, 2014
Center for Book Arts, New York
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Panel Discussion: Friday, February 21, 6:30 PM

Published by SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson). Organized by Alex Campos, Executive Director.
More information on the Center for Book Arts Winter Exhibitions here.

SP Weather Station is an interdisciplinary project that collects weather data and produces weather-related events, publications, and exhibitions. Each year, SPWS publishes a collated portfolio of weather reports. One artist (or artist group) per month is invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by SPWS instruments on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video. On view together for the first time at the Center for Book Arts are six years of SP Weather Reports: 72 reports by 85 artists.

In addition to the opening reception on January 17th, there will be a panel discussion on Friday, February 21st, 6:30 PM with artists Rena Leinberger, Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Library in Washington DC. We hope you can join us!

Participating artists:

(2013) Eric Asboe; Louise Barry; Marianne Dages and Amze Emmons; Amanda Friedman; Anne Gilman; David Grainger; Einat Imber; Ellie Irons; May Jong; Heather Kapplow; Katherine McLeod; Sarah Nicholls

(2012) Jesper Aabile; Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz); Emily Bunker; Rachel L. Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild and Laurids Sonne; Tara Cooper; Beka Goedde; Roni Gross; Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan; Peter Jellitsch; Rena Leinberger; Paula McCartney; Jordi Williams

(2011) Emcee C.M. Master of None; Glen Einbinder; eteam; Adrienne Garbini; Hope Ginsburg; Rafael Hidalgo Mugica; Howard Huang and Michelle Rosenberg; Paul Kennedy; Travis LeRoy Southworth; Naomi Miller; Rick Myers; Chad Stayrook

(2010) Man Bartlett and Angela Washko; Carissa Carman; Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto]; Tim Dye; Nicholas Fraser; Ellie Harrison; Graham McDougal; Mark Parsons; Douglas Paulson; James Walsh; Robyn York; Liz Zanis

(2009) Susan Goethel Campbell; Mike Estabrook and Vandana Jain; Isaac Gertman; Emily Larned; Jane D. Marsching; Mark Nystrom; Graham Parker; Andrea Polli; Birgit Rathsmann; Stephanie Rothenberg; Luke Strosnider; Patricia Zarate

(2008) Leah Beeferman; Natalie Campbell, Daniel Larson, Heidi Neilson, Jing Yu, and Liz Zanis; Carrie Dashow; Neil Freeman; Richard Garrison; Michael Geminder; Katarina Jerinic; Bridget Lewis; Lize Mogel; Heidi Neilson; Chris Petrone; Sarah Nicole Phillips

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2012 SP Weather Reports Assembly

Amidst an action-packed weekend SPWS met to design, build, and collate the portfolio boxes containing the 2012 SP Weather Reports.

This is the 5th portfolio we’ve published, and the process goes a little like this:

Step 1: (At the end of 2011, this time via an open call): Invite 12 artists (and collaborative teams), each of whom is assigned to create a weather report for one month of the coming year, in response to the data from our rooftop station in LIC.

Step 2:
Every month, send the designated Weather Interpreter a spreadsheet (it records temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed/direction, and precipitation at 5 minute intervals) of the data from their month. What the artist does with the information at that point is undefined.

Step 3:
At the beginning of the following year, remind artists that we’ll be collecting their homework – 30 copies (editions, multiples, series, examples) in all. Gather info on the forthcoming work and wait for it to arrive.

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Above: Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan signing reports for October @ CBA (conveniently enough)

Step 4:
Sometime in the spring (say May 18th), design some kind of reasonably sized archival enclosure from gray cardboard, following the utilitarian format we fell into in 2008. Usually, we do this at the Center for Book Arts, NYC. Often the design and trickier handwork is Heidi’s department. Natalie schleps supplies, operates the computer, and tries not to cut her finger off. Production mode requires division of labor.

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Step 5 (ok maybe this is step 3.5-4.5):
Opening day! This is the best part: unwrapping all the thoughtfully packed works to see what everyone came up with. We’re only going to give you a tiny peek.

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Above: September report by Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz)

Step 6: Once all the boxes are built, collate editions into their respective boxes.

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Step 6.5: Whew.

Step 7: (Almost there) Once everything is received and in place, pack and send off editions #1-#12 to the participating artists, and start trying to find homes for the remaining editions with libraries and collections.

The 2012 SP Weather Reports includes work by: Rena Leinberger, Jesper Aabile, Beka Goedde, Roni Gross, Jordi Williams, Tara Cooper, Emily Bunker, Peter Jellitsch, Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz), Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan, Rachel L Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild, Laurids Sonne, and Paula McCartney. Stay tuned for information about release of the finished portfolio.

Snowstorm in 38 seconds

Here is the snowstorm that hit the Northeast in the last few days, out a Long Island City, Queens, New York window, in 38 seconds (timelapse: one frame per minute from 9:06pm February 7 to 12:31pm February 9).

Amusing follow up about this snowstorm: an article on the gawker website, ‘Snow Panic Has Driven Weather.com Completely Insane

11/17-11/18: SPWS at Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

SP Weather Station at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair

November 17–18, 2012

Silver Spring Civic Center
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring MD

The SP Weather Reports are coming to Pyramid Atlantic!

This is the first year SPWS will participate in the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair. We are sharing a booth with artist and SPWS co-founder Heidi Neilson.

Fair hours are Saturday 11/17 1–6 PM and Sunday 11/18 1–5 PM.

$10 admission for non-registrants; Fair/conference information is available online here.

Since 2008, SPWS has published the SP Weather Reports portfolio. Each year, twelve artists (or artist groups), one per month, are invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by the SPWS rooftop station, installed on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; past artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video.

To date, the following artists have created SP Weather Reports:

(2011) Emcee C.M. Master of None, Glen Einbinder, Rafael Hidalgo Múgica, Naomi Miller, Chad Stayrook, Michelle Rosenberg and Howard Huang, Hope Ginsburg, eteam, Paul Kennedy, Adrienne Garbini, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Rick Myers

(2010) Liz Zanis, Graham McDougal, James Walsh, Carissa Carman, Mark Parsons, Tim Dye, Douglas Paulson, Robyn York, Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto], Nicholas Fraser, Man Bartlett and Angela Washko, Ellie Harrison

(2009) Mike Estabrook and Vandana Jain, Susan Goethel Campbell, Emily Larned, Luke Strosnider, Andrea Polli, Mark Nystrom, Patricia Zarate, Jane D. Marsching, Stephanie Rothenberg, Graham Parker, Isaac Gertman, Birgit Rathsmann

(2008) Heidi Neilson; Natalie Campbell, Daniel Larson, Heidi Neilson, Jing Yu, and Liz Zanis; Katarina Jerinic; Lize Mogel; Chris Petrone; Bridget Lewis, Michael Geminder; Leah Beeferman; Neil Freeman, Sarah Nicole Phillips; Carrie Dashow; Richard Garrison

Above: 2011 SP Weather Reports

Newtown Creek wrapup

Thanks to Eric Sanderson of The Welikia Project and Kate Zidar from the Newtown Creek Alliance for illuminating discussion of the Newtown Creek’s unique landscape, history & post-industrial challenges — and for pointing out avenues for future engagement.  Also many thanks to Flux Factory for hosting the event, as part of their yearlong educational intiative: The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?

Thanks in particular to Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber from Flux, and to all of the concerned citizens and neighbors who came out to the event.

Eric Sanderson with historic Newtown Creek map

SP Weather Reports 2012: Open Call

What kind of weather report would you make?

SP Weather Station announces its first open call to participate in a limited edition + portfolio trade, the 2012 SP Weather Reports. This is the fifth year of an ongoing project.

Twelve artists or artist groups, one per month for 2012, will be selected to each create a Weather Report. At the end of each month, we will send that month’s data from our weather station in Long Island City to one of the participating artists. The data, as an Excel file, includes indoor/outdoor temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation, recorded at 5 minute intervals.

Each month’s weather interpreter is asked to contribute an edition (in a minimum size of 30 or more/unlimited) in response to that month’s weather. This can be interpreted very loosely; the data doesn’t have to manifest itself in the final project, and artists need not be based in NYC. If selected, you will be asked to produce the edition in compliance with our basic material/size requirements and deliver to SPWS by February 15, 2013. The edition should be something produced on the cheap (like a zine). Past artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, and video. Reports are archived online here.

The 30 sets of 12 works will be collated into 30 archival boxes by SPWS. Each participating artist receives one copy of the portfolio, while SPWS retains the remaining 18 to place in collections and exhibit. Please note: aside from receiving a copy of the completed portfolio, no production funds are available at this time (though we’re applying for funding and hope to offer a modest stipend).

To date, SP Weather Reports have been exhibited in 7 exhibitions including 1 solo show; group exhibitions include Shifting Communities at the Bronx River Art Center in 2011, the 2009 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art, the International Print Center New York and the University of Pennsylvania Meyerson Hall Gallery. Public collections include: Dennison University Doane Library, Otis College of Art & Design Library Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the University of Utah Arts Library.

To apply:
– Please view past reports online at: http://spweatherstation.net/?page_id=6
– Send an email to spweatherstation (at) gmail.com with subject line “2012 APPLICATION”
– In three sentences or less, tell us why you would like to create a Weather Report in 2012. This can be a specific proposal for the edition or an idea about how your work relates to this project.
– List your top 3 choices for the months you would like be a Weather Reporter.
– Include 3 samples of past work (up to 3 images may be attached, maximum size 800 pixels in largest dimension, or link to video URL)
– Optional: attach a CV or link to an artist website.

DEADLINE: December 20, 2011

Hurricane Irene from space, etc.

As Hurricane Irene (the size of California) moves up the east coast, and NYC prepares with its first-ever system wide MTA shutdown at noon today, SP Weather Station is removing its instruments temporarily from the rooftop of Flux Factory. Batten down the hatches, East Coast.

NYC evacuation zones:

http://project-s3.wnyc.org/news-maps/hurricane-zones/hurricane-zones.html

The Queens Museum Station

Yesterday SPWS teamed up with Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga to install a weather station on the roof of the Queens Museum of Art! Data from the station is posted to Weather Underground and Citizen Weather, and more information on station specifics is available on Hello, Weather!. More information on this endeavor overall will be forthcoming. . .

Chuck begins installation

Chuck begins station install

Andrea sets up station software

Andrea sets up station software

Lunch Victorious